Our list of eight of the world's most scenic flight tours includes the magnificent Milford Sound, NZ.

The world is home to some truly incredible scenery, and it would be easy to spend a lifetime hiking trails and scaling rocks to find the most beautiful views. Sometimes that’s the way to go. However, sometimes, taking a step back to see the big picture is the best idea. In this case, taking a step back means hopping in a helicopter and hitting the skies while the big picture equals panoramic views of breathtaking scenery. We’ve put together a list of some of the most extraordinary scenic flight tours in the world. So, what are you waiting for? Read on, pick one (or more), and check them out for yourself!

Whistler, BC

One of the many stunning alpine lakes in Whistler, BC, surrounded by magnificent mountains.

One of the stunning alpine lakes in Whistler, BC, surrounded by mountains. Photo: James Dennes CC BY 2.0

Stunning scenery and superior mountains are just a couple of things that Whistler is known for. Don’t miss your chance to choose one of several scenic flight tours available to get the best view of the picturesque town. You’ll also get to admire Whistler Resort and the stunning Whistler and Blackcomb mountains from a unique perspective, and soar over meadows, waterfalls, glacier-fed lakes, and volcanic formations on your way to an unforgettable glacier landing.

Grand Canyon, USA

The impressive contours and formations of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River.

An almost Martian landscape. Photo: Michael Rehfeldt  CC BY 2.0

Considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, if you haven’t visited the Grand Canyon yet, you may want to add it to your bucket list ASAP. You could take a hike down the canyon or rent out a mule for a laid back trek, but why do that when you can check out every rim and bend in the Colorado River from a unique bird’s eye view? There are numerous tour operators, providing you with plenty of options to see the Grand Canyon exactly as you want.

Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

The might Mendenhall Glacier emerges from the mountains and winds down to Mendenhall Lake.

The mighty Mendenhall Glacier. Photo: Curtis and Renee CC BY-SA 2.0

Mendenhall Glacier, originally known as Sitaantaagu (“the Glacier Behind the Town”), is located a mere 19 km (12 miles) from downtown Juneau, Alaska. From the air, the awe-inspiring glacier offers views of jagged peaks, ice spires, deep blue crevasses and more. If you plan on paying this glorious glacier a visit, make sure you pack your cold weather gear and take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of exploring it on foot as well. 

Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe

The magnificent Victoria Falls, from above, with mist and spray that reaches a height of 400 meters.

Truly the Flight of Angels. Photo: tungkyhandoko CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Considered the largest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is nothing short of impressive and one of the biggest attractions in Africa. Nicknamed by local tribes “the smoke that thunders,” the falls can be heard from up to 40 km away while the spray and mist from the falling water rise over 400 meters and can be seen from 50 km away. Known as “The Flight of Angels”, scenic flight tours over and around Victoria Falls provide a panoramic view that is only available from the air.

Mount Everest, Nepal

The snow-capped summit of Mount Everest, the top of the world.

The top of the world. Terry Feuerborn CC BY-NC 2.0

Mount Everest hardly needs an introduction. Globally known as the tallest mountain in the world, its summit is only reached by the most experienced of climbers. However, even if you have no plans of making the treacherous climb, you can still enjoy the astonishing views that it has to offer through an aerial tour that’ll take you as far as base camp. 

Hong Kong City, Hong Kong

The illuminated Hong Kong skyline captured at night.

City of Lights. Photo: Jonathan Leung CC BY-SA 2.0

Hong Kong is easily one of the most impressive cities in the world, and also one of the most densely populated. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the crowded city streets, take to the air for some truly incredible views. Helicopter tours in Hong Kong offer breathtaking views of the city (especially at night), as well as glimpses at untouched mountainsides, remote beaches, and tiny fishing villages that you never knew existed. 

Milford Sound, New Zealand (South Island)

Snow covered mountains and a perfectly blue sky captured in the Milford Sound.

An epic bluebird day in the Milford Sound. Photo: Air Milford CC0 1.0

Located in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is considered to be New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Make your trip an experience of a lifetime with the spectacular views only made possible by helicopter. Pass over ancient forests and pristine rivers on your way to a landing on Mt Tutoko glacier in the heart of the park. The highlight of the flight, Mitre Peak, stands at nearly 1,690 m (5,560 ft) and is the crown jewel of Milford Sound.

Uluru/Ayers Rock, Australia

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, emerges from the Earth in stark contrast to its flat surroundings.

One giant rock. Photo: David Eades CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The giant sandstone rock formation known at Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is easily one of Australia’s most notable landmarks. Uluru stands at 348 m (1,142 ft) and has a circumference of 9.4 km (5.8 mi). Understandably, viewing it via a scenic flight tour is the only way to fully appreciate its magnitude. Check out the sunrise or sunset tours for a truly unforgettable experience, as Uluru is notable for seeming to change colors, glowing red at these times of the day.

Booking Your Whistler Scenic Flight Tour has Never Been Easier

Already envisioning your next aerial getaway? If the glaciers of Whistler Blackcomb are beckoning, then contact our concierge services today. Our expert team will happily book the perfect scenic flight tour to top of your amazing Whistler getaway.

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